Firstat Nursing Services San Diego Supports World Alzheimer's Month 2012; Publishes Guide to Help Families Cope With the Disease

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Firstat Nursing Services, a home health care agency serving San Diego publishes guide – How home health care providers can help families suffering from Alzheimer’s.

It is estimated that 5.1 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. A progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function in people 65 or older. “As anyone with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s can attest, the debilitating disease makes caring for a loved one a challenge,” said Linnea Goodrich, president of Firstat Nursing Services in San Diego, CA.

“There are often two victims of Alzheimer’s disease - the patient and the family who loves them. When times are challenging, families can benefit by gaining a more thorough understanding of the disease and what to expect, seeking out support groups and using the services of a qualified, professional home nurse to provide a well-deserved helping hand. This September, in recognition of World Alzheimer’s month, here are three ways families can more effectively cope with the disease and hopefully share more laughter with the ones they love,” continued Goodrich.

Education - Alzheimer’s disease can cause substantial changes in how someone acts. In many cases, families are not prepared to deal with behavioral changes and shocked as a loved one undergoes a dramatic personality change. Taking the time to learn about and understand Alzheimer’s disease can help families and caregivers better cope with the range of emotions and behavioral changes experienced by a loved one.

Understanding complex behaviors and why they happen will more adequately prepare others by helping them anticipate certain behaviors. A good foundation or base of knowledge about the disease also makes it easier to communicate with important doctors and health care professionals.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups - One of the most challenging parts of providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is learning how not to neglect yourself in the process. Many families are surprised to realize that there are others in similar situations, feeling the same emotions with the same uncertainties.

Alzheimer’s support groups are available to help family or caregivers by providing emotional and physical support. Groups meet in person or online and even offer anonymity. For tips and strategies for dealing with the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, support groups are worth the effort.

Home Nursing for Professional, Caring Help - Regardless of good intention, some family members are simply not prepared to adequately fulfill the unique needs of an Alzheimer’s patient. The truth is, in many cases, relatives are simply too close to the situation and often experience grief, depression, anxiety or other emotions themselves, making it difficult to address the needs of a loved one. Family members can benefit from the assistance of a skilled home nurse.

Uniquely qualified to assist with a wide range of tasks and every day activities, home nursing care gives families the opportunity to more effectively prioritize time, take better care of their own needs and enjoy good times when they arise. Relying on the helping hand of a professional home nurse provides peace of mind that a loved one is getting the care they deserve from a professional. And that makes challenging situations easier and less stressful.

People wanting to learn more are encouraged to visit the company website and pick up a copy of their free report “Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider," Visit,

About Firstat Nursing Services
Linnea Goodrich is the owner of Firstat Nursing Services, which is the only Home care Agency in San Diego that is both State licensed and certified by the Alzheimer's Association. Firstat Nursing Services has been providing a higher standard of home nursing, home health and home care services for elderly, disabled and injured people in the greater San Diego area since 1997. To pick up a copy of her free report "Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider," Visit,

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